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Ian Nichols

Advising Specialist

What Mr. Nichols does: He helps students with academic or attendance issues, and gives advice about choosing classes. He works with the University Connections team to support students who are applying to U.S. universities. He also teaches a variety of courses and levels in the Intensive Program.

Experience: He has taught academic English at Seoul National University and Missouri State University. He also taught writing courses for native English speakers at Missouri State University. Since coming to the ELP in 2012, he has served as a mentor for many students in the TESOL program at Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Travels: He has taught in South Korea, Switzerland, and Colombia, and worked briefly on farms in New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. He spent one semester in England during university. He has enjoyed travelling in Japan, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Australia, India, and many places in Europe and the US.

Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Missouri State University
M.A. in English Literature, Missouri State University
B.A. in English Literature, Missouri State University

Talk to Mr. Nichols about: Student advising; academic writing; grammar; vocabulary; reading; English for specific content areas such as science or business.